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Falling tree kills man near Seattle as strong storm passes through West

By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |   March 14, 2016 at 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- One person died near Seattle after a tree fell onto his vehicle during a strong storm moving into the western United States, bringing powerful winds, rain and snow.

The Seattle Fire Department said a man was killed at about 1:30 p.m. local time Sunday after a tree fell onto his SUV due to high winds. A toddler was in the vehicle and taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.

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"My thoughts are with the family of the victims from today's tragic incident in Seward Park, and I urge all residents to exercise caution while this windstorm is in effect. If possible, please postpone any plans to travel until the storm passes," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement.

The frontal system affected the West Coast from Washington to California. More than 200,000 people in Washington lost power at some point on Sunday. In California, a highway patrol officer was injured after being struck by an out-of-control vehicle while he provided traffic control amid snowy conditions on a mountain pass.

The National Weather Service warns the heaviest snow is likely to fall in the Cascades and northern Rockies, where 1 to 2 feet of snow is possible. The storm system is expected to reach the upper Midwest by Wednesday morning, likely dropping some snow in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

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